As Xbox players battled each other, uploading videos showcasing conquests and recording trash talking over the past couple of days, some players noticed that they lost their Xbox Live account privileges.
Apparently, Microsoft has cracked down on the use of expletives in its Upload Studio videos.
"Excessive profanity and other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon. On Xbox One, we have a more sophisticated system of enforcement," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET. "As a result, if someone misbehaves on the service, we may only suspend some of their privileges on Xbox Live such … Read more
Not happy with Skype? Microsoft has some improvements in the works.
In an interview with The Verge, Skype product manager Jeff Kunins said that Microsoft is now testing several updates to the VoIP service that will sync your unread and read messages across multiple devices. But notifications will pop up only on the active device, as demoed in updated versions of the Skype Windows Phone and Windows desktop apps.
Skype also has trouble syncing incoming calls, which means that multiple devices keep ringing even after one of them has already answered. A fix for that is in the works, Kunins … Read more
Video chat services can be a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family members. Services like Skype can be accessed from a variety of screens -- such as your computer, smartphone, or tablet -- and are relatively easy to use.
Initiating a video chat from a laptop or tablet is great for one-on-one conversations, but it's a little ridiculous when the entire family is forced to crowd around a small screen. Luckily, there is a rather simple solution.
Here's how you can get Skype and other video chat services on your TV:Skype Skype is … Read more
Skype might soon face some issues in Luxembourg over an alleged link to the National Security Agency's Prism program, according to a new report.
The small European country's data-protection commissioner is investigating whether the Microsoft-owned video calling and messaging service was involved in sharing information on Luxembourg-based users with the NSA, the Guardian reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the investigation. If found guilty of illegally sharing information, Skype could face sanctions and the possibility of criminal charges.
After the NSA's Prism program was revealed earlier this year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, several technology … Read more
Looks-wise, Skype for Windows Phone is almost identical to the Android and iOS Skype apps. Unfortunately, the video quality isn't as impressive as it is on other platforms, and the app is missing a few features.
Skype is a service that lets you send instant messages and place video and voice calls over the Internet. What started as a desktop app eventually moved to mobile, with Windows Phone getting the app last, in February 2012, just four months after Microsoft's acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion was finalized in October 2011.
Getting started You'll need to … Read more
Skype for iPad is a finely implemented mobile version of the incredibly popular global communication tool, complete with voice and video chat, contact management, and more. Where other desktop apps stumble in their transition to the touch screen, Skype thrives and it shows in nearly every facet of its iPad release.
When you open Skype for iPad, you must either sign in or create a new account. After doing so you can import contacts from any of your existing accounts -- including Outlook, Mail, or Apple's iContacts. Your contact list will populate on the right of the screen and … Read more
Microsoft has been buying up smaller companies since it nabbed the software that would become PowerPoint in 1987, but its most robust period of acquisition is undeniably the post-dot-com bubble years after Bill Gates handed Steve Ballmer the CEO position in January 2000. Between 2005 and 2008, the software giant snatched up more than 10 companies a year and set a company record in 2006 by buying a whopping 18. During Ballmer's 13-year tenure, Microsoft devoured 149 companies.
Skype is working on three-dimensional video calling, but release is hampered until camera and video capture technology catches up.
In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Skype vice president Mark Gillett said that the popular video chat and instant-messaging app has the potential to support 3D conversations in the future, but it may be "many years" before the technology can be launched.
"We've done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D-screens and 3D-capture," the senior executive commented. "We've seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of … Read more
Microsoft has integrated its two biggest communications services: Skype and Outlook.
The tech giant announced Monday that Skype is now available for all Outlook customers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Canada, and Brazil. What this means is that people can use the video calling and messaging service directly from their e-mail. Microsoft first announced it would begin rolling out this feature in April.
"E-mail is an important and personal tool for most people, but there are moments when you want to be able to speak live or chat face-to-face," Outlook group product manager Dawn Martynuik … Read more